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What high blood pressure does to your body ?

31 Aug

Blood pressure is the force of blood that travels through your arteries. If pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels and organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure is, and the longer it stays untreated, the greater your risk for serious medical problems, including:

  • Heart failure. High blood pressure puts extra demand on the heart. Over time, the heart grows bigger to make up for the extra work and it eventually weakens. Heart failure occurs when the weakened heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.High blood pressure is the biggest predictor of heart failure. One study found that 90 percent of people with heart failure had high blood pressure.
  • Heart attack. High blood pressure can damage the arteries that carry blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. If these vessels become narrowed and damaged, a blood clot can form and lead to a heart attack.
  • Stroke. The biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage arteries that supply blood to the brain. A clot can form and block the artery and prevent blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. High blood pressure can also cause arteries in the brain to burst. This also results in another type of stroke called hemorrhagic or bleeding stroke.
  • Kidney damage. High blood pressure can damage the arteries that supply the kidneys. This leads to kidney damage and kidney failure. This is especially dangerous because kidney damage raises blood pressure even more.
  • Vision problems. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply the eye. The blood vessels can burst or bleed, causing blurry vision and blindness.
  • Memory loss. High blood pressure can restrict blood flow to the brain. If too little blood reaches the brain, the brain cannot work well. One study found that this may lead to memory loss.

Garlic For Heart

19 Mar

Garlic has long been reknowned as one of the natures most effective cure-alls and is among the oldest herbal folks remedies for ailments such as coughs, colds, stomach upset and sore throats. Modern research also suggests that garlic could be good for your heart.

Garlic helps to keep blood flowing freely by discouraging blood platelets from clumping together. It appears to increase the level of beneficial HDL cholesterol in blood and to reduce level of more harmful LDL cholesterol, so helping to keep arteries clear and reducing the risk of heart disease. Garlic also appears to help to reduce high blood pressure and therefore to offer some protection against heart attacks  and other circulatory problems such as strokes.

The beneficial effect of garlic is largely due to a pungent substance called allicin, which is produced only when fresh garlic is cut, crushed, or heated. As allicin loses its potency rapidly, it is better to get your garlic in the fresh form, whether cooked or raw, than to use products such as dried flakes, garlic powder or garlic salt.

Studies indicate that eating between one and there fresh garlic cloves a day provides enough allicin to reduce the risk of heart attack significantly. These findings seems to be confirmed by relatively low incidence of heart attacks among people who eat Mediterranean – style diet that is rich in garlic.
Garlic capsules, which do not release their allicin until they reach the stomach, are a good alternative to fresh garlic if you are worried about bad breath or do not like the flavor of the fresh herb.

CAUTION – However good garlic may be for the heart, it cannot work miracles by itself. You still need to eat a healthy diet, take regular exercise and avoid smoking. 

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